Latest casualty of ObamaCare: Volunteer fire departments? « Hot Air: "While the Department of Labor classifies most volunteer firefighters as volunteers and thus not employees, the IRS currently classifies them as employees. That means that, if a particular department puts in more than 1500 man-hours while using at least 50 volunteers and employees in a week, it must provide health insurance for those who put in at least 30 hours in a week starting in 2015, or sooner if a court decides to toss the administrative 1-year delay in the employer health insurance mandate.
Worse, the IRS has not yet finalized the rules regarding volunteer fire departments, even though both the IAFC and Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) have been urging the IRS to finalize it in favor of volunteer fire departments. Not only is the work that must be clocked, should the volunteers be counted as “employees”, not defined, but it is unknown whether multiple companies in a particular department would be grouped together for the purposes of the 50 “full-time” equivalent requirement."
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